Meli James and Brittany Heyd
Co-founders, Mana Up
“When I think of Bank of Hawaii, I think about it as all about Hawaii. It’s not just dollars and cents. This partnership is meaningful because of our shared overall mission in trying to achieve this next vision for Hawaii.” —Brittany Heyd
Mana Up is a statewide initiative designed to support entrepreneurs in Hawaii. Mana Up hosts a six-month accelerator program for local product companies to help them grow through retail and e-commerce channels. With a goal to create Hawai‘i’s next 100 product companies earning over $10 million in annual revenue, Mana Up helps Hawaii-based companies “level up” and become global companies. Mana Up’s vision is to fuel an economic growth engine for Hawaii that can generate success for the local economy and create well-paying, interesting jobs for local people. As Mana Up’s exclusive banking partner at the Founder Level, Bank of Hawaii supports the annual accelerator program and is co-creating an executive mentorship and training program to help propel local entrepreneurs to their next level.
With one-on-one mentorship plus other support, 53% of Mana Up companies grew their revenue despite challenges during the pandemic. Many of these entrepreneurs have been recognized internationally for their products’ high quality or innovation.
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